Chivas had the bulk of the possession in the first half and were able to create some positive chances on Will Hesmer's goal but in the end nothing was getting by the Crew keeper. The game ended up seeing both clubs rely on counter-attack style of offense to create chances. The ball was won and lost in the midfield time and time again by both sides and towards the end neither were maintaining longs spells of possession.
The best chance for the Crew came in the 58th minute as Emilio Renteria found himself on a breakaway chance only to be stopped by rookie Zarek Valentin, who was back from international duty with the US U-20 national team.
Chivas threw some decent chances on goal in the second half and Health Pearce's header in the 90th minute nearly broke the scoring deadlock.
CHV -- Marcos Mondaini (caution; Reckless Foul) 35
CLB -- Julius James (caution; Reckless Foul) 55
CHV -- Zarek Valentin (caution; Reckless Foul) 59
CLB -- Kevin Burns (caution; Reckless Tackle) 64
CHV -- Jorge Flores (caution; Reckless Foul) 65
CLB -- Sebastian Miranda (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 81
CHV -- Nick LaBrocca (caution; Reckless Foul) 86
CHV -- Michael Lahoud (caution; Tactical Foul) 87
Columbus Crew -- William Hesmer, Sebastian Miranda, Julius James, Chad Marshall, Rich Balchan, Eddie Gaven, Dejan Rusmir, Kevin Burns, Robbie Rogers, Emilio Renteria (Tommy Heinemann 78), Emmanuel Ekpo(Dilly Duka 72).
Substitutes Not Used: Jeff Cunningham, Josh Gardner, Andy Iro, Justin Meram, Andy Gruenebaum.
Chivas USA -- Dan Kennedy, Michael Lahoud, Zarek Valentin, Heath Pearce, Ante Jazic, Nick LaBrocca, Ben Zemanski, Jorge Flores (Victor Estupinan 80), Justin Braun, Marcos Mondaini (Gerson Mayen 68), Alejandro Moreno.
Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Boyens, Francisco Mendoza, Mariano Trujillo, Michael Umana, Zach Thornton.
Referee: Yader Reyes
Referee's Assistants: Peter Manikowski; Claudio Badea
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Time of Game: 1:49
Weather: Clear and 58 degrees